Friday, 25 March 2011
First Epic Creature - Water Deer
I mean look at those tusks! They can be up to 8cm's long!
It is mostly a solitary creature and is very stealthy so most likely you wouldn't know if it was around unless it is mating season. It's a very territorial animal so it would very likely try and remove you from it's territory. If it were mating season and you happened to be hiking in the territory of a full grown male while it's trying to impress the ladies, not only could it trample you like any other deer but it would stab you with those tusks.
They mostly live in the low reaches of the Yangtze River in the Jiangsu province and islands of Zhejiang in China so you are not likely to run into these. They are in some zoos in Britain and a few small deer farms in southern United States. That being said you are most likely not going to run into one.
Those tusks and those tusks alone are what make the Water Deer the EPIC Creature of the Week!